On the 28th of February, Patrons and friends of the Bethlehem University Foundation visited the University as part of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The pilgrimage was directed by Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, Rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, and member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Among the group were Her Excellency Valencia Camp, DGCHS (Lieutenant of the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem), Patrons Joe (member of the Board of Directors) and Mary Clare Starshak, and Patron Suava Salameh (member of the International Board of Regents of Bethlehem University). The group was accompanied by Her Excellency Michele Bowe, President of the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation and Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to Palestine.  
During the visit, Monsignor Rossi celebrated Mass for the University Community in the Chapel of the Divine Child. The group also shared lunch at the Institute for Hotel Management and Tourism with Bethlehem University Student Ambassadors, faculty, and staff. Following a tour of the campus and a visit to Holy Family Hospital, the group joined the De La Salle Christian Brothers for dinner at their home.  
John Schlageter, Suava Salameh, and Valencia Camp visited campus prior to the pilgrimage and toured the future site of Cardinal Foley Hall and the Library. The Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy contributed 1.5 million dollars for the construction of Foley Hall. Once completed, Cardinal Foley Hall will house the Faculty (School) of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University. The Library will be named in honor Suava Salameh’s parents during a dedication ceremony scheduled for the Spring of 2020.   
During their time in the Holy Land, the group had an opportunity to visit with Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio and Chancellor of Bethlehem University, at his office at the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem, and with Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzabala, Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
You too can visit Bethlehem University and experience the wonderful ways in which your support helps make a difference for the young people of the Holy Land.  To coordinate your visit, please click here .  
About Bethlehem University:
Jointly founded by the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University annually enrolls more than 3,200 students in bachelor, master, and professional diploma programs. A Catholic co-educational institution, the University is the only Catholic/Christian university in the Holy Land. The University's mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of the Holy Land and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing, and use of knowledge.

About Bethlehem University Foundation:
The Bethlehem University Foundation is the U.S. registered not-for-profit organization entrusted with the sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University. The Foundation is a means for United States citizens to make a tax deductible donation in support of Bethlehem University.

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